[Windows 10] Compatibility Notes

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[Windows 10] Compatibility Notes

Post by X2-Illuminatus » Fri, 28. Aug 15, 11:28


Compatibility notes for the X games on Windows 10


We can confirm that all X games run under Windows 10. Nevertheless, in some cases there a couple of tweaks necessary. Listed below you find a couple of known problems for all or only specific games and workarounds. If you encounter a problem with either of the games, please check if it is listed below and if so, try out the mentioned solution. If it doesn't work or if the problem isn't listed yet, then please create a new topic with all of the requested pieces of information.

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General problems applying to all games

The following problems and solutions apply to all or most of the games listed here.

Installation
The installation via Steam or from one of the newer disk versions like the X-Superbox still works under Windows 10 without problems.

If you, however, have one of the original disk versions of XBTF, XT or X2, you will most-likely have to do a manual installation, which basically means copying the data from the disk(s) to your harddrive. An example way of doing that for X2 is described in this topic.


Running the game (XBTF, XT, X2) in Fullscreen mode, the title bar and windows border are displayed.
To fix this, please do as follows:
  1. Download the "XBTF, XT, X2 - Windows 10_compat.zip" file from the download link below and extract it to an empty folder.
  2. Copy the three *.sdb files from that folder to C:\Windows\AppPatch\Custom\
  3. Double click the .reg file (which adds registry keys referencing these 3 files).
    This assumes Windows is installed on C:\windows (if not, you need to edit the .reg file and change the paths to your dedicated Windows directory).
Please note: This fix is not required for the GOG version of those games, where these registry settings are set by default.


No voices are played under Windows 10 N
As with its predecessor, there's also an N version of Windows 10, which comes without installed Windows Media Player and related codecs (like the WMA codec). See also this Microsoft Support article for reference. The X games, however, need the wma codec to play the voice file(s). To fix this issue you can download and install the Media feature pack for Windows 10 N and Windows 10 KN editions.

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Specific problems and workarounds for each game

The following problems and solutions only apply to the specific games listed.

X: Beyond the Frontier (XBTF)

Running the game in Fullscreen mode pops up a dialog box with the error message "Error opening video. Check your display settings! Further Information can be found in the manual or readme.txt".
To fix this problem you need to run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 7. To do so:
  1. Locate your game directory, i.e. the folder where you installed the game. If you cannot find it, you can search for the "X.exe".
  2. Right-click on the "X.exe" and select "Properties".
  3. Open the "Compatibility" tab and tick the "Run this program in compatibility mode for" box.
  4. From the list of Operating System select "Windows 7".
  5. Click "Ok" and start the game.
PLEASE NOTE: If you use the Steam version of XBTF, the compatibility for Windows 7 is set by default already.


Running the game in windowed mode requires a 16bit color desktop.
To run the game in the 16bit color mode, please do as follows:
  1. Locate your game directory, i.e. the folder where you installed the game. If you cannot find it, you can search for the "X.exe".
  2. Right-click on the "X.exe" and select "Properties".
  3. Open the "Compatibility" tab and tick the "reduced color mode" box.
  4. From the list of Color modes select "16-bit color".
  5. Click "Ok" and start the game.
PLEASE NOTE: If you use the Steam version of XBTF, the reduced color mode option is set by default already.


X-Tension (XT)

Running the game in Fullscreen mode pops up a dialog box with the error message "Error opening video. Check your display settings! Further Information can be found in the manual or readme.txt".
To fix this problem you need to run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 7. To do so:
  1. Locate your game directory, i.e. the folder where you installed the game. If you cannot find it, you can search for the "XTENSION.exe".
  2. Right-click on the "XTENSION.exe" and select "Properties".
  3. Open the "Compatibility" tab and tick the "Run this program in compatibility mode for" box.
  4. From the list of Operating System select "Windows 7".
  5. Click "Ok" and start the game.
PLEASE NOTE: If you use the Steam version of XT, the compatibility for Windows 7 is set by default already.


X2: The Threat (X2)

The game won't start, when Antialising is enabled
To fix this problem, disable "Antialising" by clicking on the "Graphic Settings" option in the X2 starter and remove the tick from the "Antialising" box. Afterwards click on "Ok" to confirm your changes and start the game. If X2 still won't start, check that Antialising is not forced by your graphics driver in your driver control panel.


The game launcher offers weird monitor resolutions
In the X2 starter under "Graphic Settings" you can select a resolution for the Fullscreen mode. On Windows 10, X2 offers weird resolutions like 1900x480 and 1600x600 that will not fit any monitor. Therefore when starting the game, make sure that the correct resolution is selected.


The game starts in window mode, although the full screen option is selected
To solve this, open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), while the game is running. In the Processes tab look for the X2 entry and expand it (right-click on X2 and select "Expand"). Aftwards right click on the expanded X2 entry and click on "Maximise".
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Post by froger » Thu, 3. Sep 15, 00:24

Well this is good to know but that does not help with my 0xc000007b error.
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Post by Alan Phipps » Thu, 3. Sep 15, 10:35

@ froger: Well according to your other post on this that was just an X Rebirth issue and nothing to do with the far older games being covered in this forum. :roll:
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Post by froger » Sat, 5. Sep 15, 01:28

sorry didn't see that their had been replys my bad. Thank you.
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Post by shawncrites » Sun, 27. Dec 15, 22:22

Still no fix for the windowed full screen mode??

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Post by otterflosser » Sat, 2. Jan 16, 00:15

I have installed Windows 10 and seemingly lost all my saves... where should they be? Is there a way I can recover them, or move them so I can access them through the game again?

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Post by X2-Illuminatus » Sun, 3. Jan 16, 18:23

For XBTF, XT or X2 the savegames are stored in the game directory. For the X3 games, the saves are stored in your Documents in the Egosoft\<game name>\save folder.
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Post by Arkajf » Tue, 22. Mar 16, 22:53

Really weird. GOG version works fine in fullscreen but here developers don't have a clue how to solve problem (100% they just don't care)

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Post by X2-Illuminatus » Wed, 23. Mar 16, 12:46

The GOG versions use the Microsoft compatibility database to set some flags within the registry. Unfortunately, there's no way to easily set these flags automatically for the Steam games. I will update the Compatibility Notes with a guide on how you can manually adjust the respective registry keys later this week.
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Post by Skeeter » Fri, 27. May 16, 07:01

I have a white border at the top of my screen. Running win 10 64bit, latest drivers, latest 1.5 of x2 the threat.

Its kinda like how mafia 1 plays, it doesnt like aa and it has a horrid white thick border at the top of the screen which cuts off the bottom so say during bandana talk at start you cant see the subtitles very well. Etc.

Any fixes?
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Fullscreen border fix

Post by dany_db » Wed, 13. Jul 16, 10:37

Here is the fix for the white border in X-BTF. Just download and run install.bat.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ev99 ... sp=sharing

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Re: [Windows 10] X2 Compatibility Notes

Post by Pendrokar » Mon, 25. Jul 16, 19:31

X2-Illuminatus wrote:Running the game in Fullscreen mode, the title bar and windows border are displayed.
When running the games in Fullscreen mode, the title and window borders are displayed. It looks, as if the game would be running in a windowed mode. We unfortunately don't have a solution for this problem yet, but will look further into it and update this post, if possible.
Indeed, all you have to do is maximize the window. Though in Windows 10 the process is a bit more complex as seen in this user's video:

https://youtu.be/T5qcathK4Mk?t=139

Though that leaves the problem of the UI as seen in the video. Although in the crazy resolutions given for windowed mode, the UI shows up correctly.

Also, I have an AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series card and the game does not crash with Anti-Aliasing enabled.[/u]

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windows 10

Post by lucky2539 » Sat, 7. Apr 18, 08:21

i have to admit, until recently my x3 reunion ran well on windows 10 nor did i lose my saved game, so ive been happy, only recently has it began to run slow sometimes little freezes. annoying but not unplayable. its more likely to be my old pc getting clogged up its quite old..

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Post by Alan Phipps » Sat, 7. Apr 18, 13:16

@ lucky2539: That doesn't sound like a typical game or OS issue. I would be inclined more to check for other applications running in the background and 'calling home' while playing, or perhaps for system memory saturation and cache clearance during play periods.
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thanks

Post by lucky2539 » Sun, 8. Apr 18, 20:50

Thanks Alan, i,ll give it a look,

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